Poeseos Sinicae commentarii: the poetry of the Chinese (Google eBook)

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Asher, 1870 - Chinese poetry - 88 pages
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Page 28 - Rusticus urbanum murem mus paupere fertur Accepisse cavo, veterem vetus hospes amicum, Asper et attentus quaesitis, ut tamen artum Solveret hospitiis animum.
Page 21 - Because I called, and ye refused, I stretched out " my hand, and no man regarded, but ye have set " at nought all my counsel, and would none of my "reproof; I also will laugh at your calamity; I " will mock when your fear cometh.
Page 35 - that a minister of state in the reign of Queen Elizabeth had all manner of books and ballads brought to him, of what kind soever, and took great notice how much they took with the people ; upon which he would, and certainly might, very well judge of their present dispositions, and of the most proper way of applying them according to his own purposes.
Page 60 - Their fertile hills, adorned with the richest luxuriance, Resemble, in the outline of their summits, the arched eyebrows of a fair woman. The inhabitants are inspired with a respect for the female sex, Who in this land correspond with the perfect features of nature ; Their young maidens have cheeks resembling red blossoms, And the complexion of their beauties is like the white gem : Of old has connubial affection been highly esteemed among them, Husband and wife delighting in mutual harmony.
Page 81 - On giving liberty to a Butterfly. ' Those variegated hues should be less rashly exposed, The recesses of the mountains are thy proper haunts : The fragrant but short-lived herbs are there, And those airy paths will best suit thy flight: Thy crimson form is heavy with dew, Thy embroidered wings should expatiate in the clear breeze : Destruction here awaits thee from the fondness of the boy, Go, then, and hide thy treasures from his reach!
Page 22 - The white stone, unfractured, ranks as most precious ; The blue lily, unblemished, emits the finest fragrance." " The heart, when it is harassed, finds no place of rest; The mind, in the midst of bitterness, thinks only of grief.
Page 29 - Tuy-leen, which has precisely the meaning of the English term. These are sometimes inscribed on coloured paper, sometimes carved on wood, and distinguished by painting and gilding but always in pairs. They have generally an allusion to the circumstances of the dwelling, or of the inhabitant : and, by way of illustration merely, we might imagine some Chinese, who affected a just mediocrity in his desires and wishes, suspending...
Page 38 - I, ingrate spurn'd by thee ! Now scarce is felt the fanning air, Along the valley's sloping side ; Now winds arise, and lightnings glare, Pours the fell storm its dreadful tide : While fears and troubles closely prest, By thee my love was gladly sought ; But once again with quiet blest, Thou view'st me as a thing of nought ! The faithless calm shall shift again, Another gale the bleak hill rend ; And every blade shall wither then, And every tree before it bend ; Then Then shalt thou wail thy...
Page 80 - However small the prospect of advantage, every scrap of novelty may turn out to be a real gain ; the declining age of some of the finest literature the world ever saw having borne witness, that ordinary topics of poetry will at last grow threadbare, and become tiresome through much use :
Page 33 - Keenloong considering that national taste is the most conventional and capricious thing in the world ; that it is determined by the infinite varieties of national character, national models, and national associations ; and that even with the same old copies to refer to, and with a general similarity of institutions and customs, the different nations of the great European community vary on such points not a little among themselves. But here ' Scimus, et hanc veniam petimusque damusque...

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